English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
10  My two bright swords hang by my side, They cost me in my purse,
But you shall have the best of them And I will have the worst.
11   You shall have the very first lick, You strike it like a man,
And I will take the very next lick, I'll kill you if I can.
12   Little Matthy had the very first lick, He struck and hit the floor.
Lord Dannel had the very next lick, Little Matthy struck no more.
13   He took her by the lily-white hand, He laid her on his knee.
Which do you like the best of the two, Little Matthy Groves or me ?
14  Very well do I like your red rosy cheeks, Also your dimpling chin,
Much better do I like little Matthy Groves Than any of your kin.
15   He took her by the lily-white hand, He led her in the hall.
He drew his sword, cut off her head And kicked it against the wall.
Ho - ly Word to hear, hear, The Ho - ly Word to hear.